Cardoso, "Children Playing by the Sea: the Dynamics of Appropriation in the Brazilian Romantic Novel"

For the romantics in nineteenth-century Brazil, who lived in a recently independent nation, the novel had the mission of creating a national identity. This identity, however, was intensely relational, being built up on the absorption of literary models generated in Europe, and on the playful appropriation of these models. This essay appears in _Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic: Essays in Transatlantic Romanticism_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.